Just a reminder that Electric Ireland have higher electricity standing charges for Low Usage Customers .
It is 8.63 cents per day more that the normal standing charge.
This equates to approximately € 5.25 (inc. VAT) extra per two monthly billing period. Or €31.50 a year.
The higher charge is only applicable to customers who use on average 2 kWh or less of electricity per day, equivalent to 122 kWh over 2 months.
The Low Usage Standing Charge does not apply to customers in receipt of a Free Electricity Allowance or customers on Household Budget Plan and Pay As You Go meters
This higher charge is aimed mainly at vacant properties –
The charge has been in place for over 7 years now – and Electric Ireland say it is to enable them to recover the costs associated with providing electricity to customers with very low consumption. These costs include a combination of the fixed charges associated with meter reading, network maintenance and a share of the supply costs incurred in servicing electricity accounts.
Other electricity providers don’t have a low usage charge.
But – the strange thing is that low usage households would be better off switching to Electric Ireland for a year because theyoffer new customers €150 cashback. You can switch to Electric Ireland here
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